By Sam Bridge
New Al Ain campus is expected to welcome students next year with facilities occupying over 28,000 square metres during first phase
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has announced the completion of 75 percent of its AED300 million ($81 million) new campus in Al Ain.
The campus is expected to welcome students next year with facilities occupying over 28,000 square metres during the first phase.
Dr Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, chairman of Abu Dhabi University, said: “We highly appreciate the contribution of all teams on the ground who have helped us achieve this milestone. The new campus translates ADU’s mission as a leading national institution and aims to provide a modern holistic educational environment and meet growing student demand."
The university was recently ranked in the top 10 Arab universities for faculty and student diversity according to the 2020 QS Arab Region University Rankings.
Accommodating 2,500 students during its first phase with a total capacity of 5,000, the new campus will include facilities occupying over 28,000 square metres with more than 70 lecture halls and laboratories, 137 offices for staff and faculty, and state-of-the-art scientific equipment.
The new building in Al Ain’s Asharej district will also include a moot courtroom and a variety of facilities including a gymnasium, aerobics studio, games room and cafeteria.
The final additions will consist of a library and an office for the student council.
The new Al Ain campus is architecturally inspired by the Ghaf tree, the logo of the Year of Tolerance. The Ghaf tree is a symbol of tolerance, strength, prosperity, and stability.